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ANNOUNCEMENTS  - 
December 10, 2022, 11:00 AM exam start time. This session will be held at the Monument Library:  1706 Lake Woodmoor Dr, Monument, CO 80132
Check out what you need to know and sign-up for the next exam.  https://w0tlm.com/exam-team

NO CLUB MEETING IN DECEMBER

 

IS it time to think about WFD?  January 28 and 29 , 2023

On December 1, 2022, YOTA begins a month-long, special event to celebrate young amateur radio operators -- YOTA Month 2022
 

KØNR (447.725) repeater - Current update    The original KØNR repeater is up and running on 447.725 MHz at Trout Creek Pass.
It covers a good portion of South Park, Wilkerson Pass, etc.    KØNR portable repeater is on the air in Monument, also 447.725 MHz.
At the most recent club meeting (NOV 19, 2022) we had a chance to view the "new to us" club repeaters - yes we have two - one that will be located in North Woodmoor and one that will be used for temporary service(fun runs, 4th of july sport, and other volunteer operations).  The new Woodmoor repeater will be on the same frequency as the old KØNR machine.  No date yet on when the transfer will happen but the club call (WØTLM) will be on that repeater and will be on the same frequency.   More news on the temporary repeater when it is available. . 


Weekly Net.  We need volunteers !!! 
To act as the net control station during our weekly net. Please volunteer. If each member of the club would take one net per year, we would have every net covered.  

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December 5 - Need a Net Control

December 12 - Need a Net Control

December 19 -  N
ØOLD  - Dan (Christmas edition)

December 26 - Need a Net Control ? (What did you get)


Our thanks to those who are volunteering to serve as Net Control Operators. We always need Net Control Operators, so please volunteer. This is a wonderful opportunity to improve your on-the-air skills. It is easy to sign up, just go to the Net Control signup page at the Club's website and follow the instructions. There is a simple script on the same page , bottom of the page, that is easy to follow. Info on the NØXLF and KØNR repeater can be found on that page as well. 
If you are into HF nets check this out: NetScraper

If you have an interest in Digital Radio nets (locally) check out the Skyhub Link System nets - they support a digital learning net on Wednesdays on all the digital outlets,  DMR, Fusion, Dstar, Allstar, etc.  even the strictly analog user can find a way to listen as well as radio challenged hams can use Echolink on your computer to connect.  
Next check out the Colorado Repeater Association and the Colorado Connection system for nets.

 


Solar activity:  
Solar Flare Alerts: Sign up for Space Weather Alerts and get instant text notifications when solar flares are underway.  There are numerous sites and ways to check and see where and what the chances are of that great contact.  One to check is W5MMW solar site info  Check it out.  Also this site provides solar data NØNBH.   And now a note from our own WØSTU- Stu who teaches the License classes and has the website "Ham Radio School".  check this post on Sunspots and Propogation 



DX of interest - DX News check the link.  One more tip that I just came on that may be nice to know.  Would you like to have a world map centered on your location?  go here for that free  Azimuthal Map.  If you are not aware the prime DX season is on us.  Many dxpeditions happen during the laste fall and early winter.  They like to get to warmer climates.  A lot of the Pacific and Carabean islands will be active.  Check our the DX News links and make some new contacts.

Local Educational Events.
Check out our own website club presentations -  WØTLM Presentations.  We have a tremendous array of presentations on numerous subjects.  If you find one that you need more info on just contact the Elmering crew below.


Elmering (the best way for local Educational help) . We have a team of volunteers providing help to those who request assistance. If you need help with anything, please reach out - w0tlm-elmer@w0tlm.org. .  Our Google Groups email system is also great for this purpose. If you have a question, please feel free to ask it - and remember: There are no stupid questions. If you have more than a question or two or would like to be paired with an Elmer, please let  us know and we'll do our best to connect you with someone who can help you. Contact w0tlm-elmer@w0tlm.org.
RMHAM TECH TALKS,:

Date Instructor Class  
    See below links- gop to the RMham.org website to sign up.  
12/10/2022 Bob K0NR Test equipment for amateur radio, with emphasis on oscilloscopes and vector network analyzers (VNAs)  
1/14/2023 James KI0KN 3D Printing  
2/11/2023 Various NERDfest - short talks on various short subjects.  
3/18/2023 Willem AC0KQ and John W0VG Solving Problems with IPv4  
4/8/2023 Ben KC2VJW Troubleshooting  

RMHAM Past Presentation Videos Available Past presentation and class videos are available if you cannot make it to the classes. Upcoming 2022-2023 RMHAM University classes and Tech Talks are listed at: https:// www.rmham.org/rocky-mountain-ham-university/. Presentations are free, and classes (not Tech Talks) have the option of in-person as well as zoom attendance.

ARRL's new Learning Center has been launched. The ARRL has increased the offerings under this program, so please look at the expanded list of offerings. This Center will host a wide selection of training courses, webinar recordings, and instructional materials. In relation to their Learning Center, check out the FREE ARES Learning items, if you ever want to do Public Service Communication, this is a good place to start.
Check out this and pass it around.  "What is Ham Radio"  done by the ARRL, nice video.

More items of interest for the list:  CW Academy classes.  Great way to learn and progress with Morse code.  The CW Academy link is:  https://cwops.org/cw-academy/cw-academy-options/

I think NØOLD - Dan, put a post out about this but worth adding here?  Morsle Hey, this is a pretty neat little program, like Wordle but with CW, a different word every day. In morsle: The daily Morse Code challenge, you have 21 tries to guess the word, which will be played out loud in Morse Code. You can also go to practice mode for unlimited words or callsigns.


Ham Fests / Conventions coming up: 

Saturday, January 21, 2023, 8:00 a.m., Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club Winter Hamfest, Thomas M. McKee 4H Building, Larimer County Fairgrounds, Loveland, just north of US-34 on I-25. Take exit 259, go about 1/3 mile east, then north on Fairgrounds Ave. 1/3 mile to the entrance. Admission $7, prizes, technical forums, VE testing at 9:30 a.m., exhibits, demonstrations. Talk-in on 448.025 MHz(-) 100Hz. For more information and to reserve a table go to ncarc.net.

Sunday 02/19/2023-The SwapFest A Joint Presentation of ARA & RMHAM
Adams County Fairgrounds 9 AM - 1 PM Table Cost: $13.00 in Advance   Admission: $5.00 Talkin: 147.15/R(100 Hz Tone)
Contact: Contact Wayne N0POH 303-699-6335 or Email n0ara-info@gmail.com Advance Table Registration at https://www.rmham.org/swapfest
 


Do you need to swap, sell or buy something locally before the swap fest?  two of the areas long running swap lists are available by email weekly.  You can sign up for the Aurora swaplist at n0ara.info@gmail.com.  Another one is the Colorado Repeater Assoc. Swap list and you can check it out and or sign up at craswaplist+subscribe@groups.io.  it is also read out on Sunday Mornings on their repeaters.
 


Tips, Tricks, Projects -  


Did you see the note above that we are holding VE teting December 10? 


Spotlight Corner  Note: if you attend an event and have pictures please share for this spot!


Requesting pictures of your shack or mobile install.  I am wanting to post just pics, let people guess who's shack it is.  Also needing pictures of any of your radio activities you want to share.  Pictures of antennas up or building?  I think these will be filled with tips and tricks, seeing is believing. 

Are you that ham?  The one that needs to be a volunteer?  The one that has some great projects? Doing things no one else is doing or at least they might find interesting? Did you go to Hamvention?  Do you have a story about Hamvention?  Let us know.


 


Note from the Leadership: “We noticed at the last couple of meetings that many of our newer members don’t have name/call sign badges. We encourage you to get one using our badge vendor, Hamstuff by W7NN. The contact information is on our website at https://w0tlm.org/store. You will also find contact information for Monarch Merchandising at that same link should you be interested in shirts and jackets."

We have a full station to loan out so check that page link. Check the club webpage  WØTLM - Equipment - CacheEquipment Loan Program.


Zoom Invitation/Link for the Next Monthly Club Meeting. The link for the next monthly Club meeting and presentation (but not for Connect Time) is in the weekly email.  Connecting should be as easy as clicking the link. If you have your Zoom account set up you should be prompted to open your Zoom app. If you don't have a Zoom account, you will be prompted to permit Zoom to download. Once it has been downloaded, you will click the prompt to join the meeting. ZOOM HAS UPDATED ITS SETTINGS AND YOU MAY NOW BE PLACED IN A "WAITING ROOM" BEFORE JOINING THE CALL. PLEASE BE PATIENT, WE WILL BE WORKING TO MINIMIZE THE WAITING. Please check the lower left hand corner of the display to confirm that the video does NOT have a red line through it. Please also confirm that the microphone does have a red line through it. If you do not have a camera and microphone on your computer, you may still observe and listen in.  The steps are the same, except you do not need to adjust your microphone and camera. Finally, please change your "screen name to reflect your first and last name and call sign. We use this to determine who is attending.

Club Support we take no dues but depend on donations and other means of building and keeping our operating budget so check out the website at WØTLM - About Us on how you can help.

Sign up to receive this Newsletter. We use Google Groups for our email list, which is the best way to stay in touch with the radio club activities: WØTLM mailing list and Google group. Please pass this along to anyone who might be interested in ham radio in general or our Club specifically. Each Week, we are posting the most recent version of the Update on the Club's website. For security reasons, some of the links have been removed. If you want the links you will need to sign up to be on our mailing list.

Club officers and Committee heads:
Pres -KØTRD – Tricia
Vpres -WØHTH – Bob
Sec/Tres -KØBE – Barbara
NewMember Welcome -NØOLD – Dan
Class/Training/Tests -WØSTU – Stu / KØNR – Bob
Presentations -KEØHz – Loren
Net -KZØQ – Stephen
Website -KZØQ – Stephen
Equip. Loaner -KØCHP - Chip / WØSTU – Stu
Social Media -KDØYMC – Robert
ARES Liaison -AE5OQ – Armstead
Elmer Team -  Larry (NØAMP), Tim (K4RA),  Robert (KDØYMC) ,
Greg (W
ØGAS), Loren (KEØHz), Rex (WDØAJG).

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